Rampant Fishburn unbeaten in 17 weeks

Fishburn Park under 13s travelled to a buoyant Scholes Park team who had won their last five league games and not been beaten since 17 October.

A win for the home side would see them go second in the league a point behind league leaders Fishburn.

It was apparent from the off Fishburn were all out for the win and they played some superb football to get the scoreboard going.

After a jinky run by Nathan Storr got him to the byline, the cross was fumbled by the keeper and a grateful Liam Clarkson tapped in to an empty net.

Luke Stokoe and Harry Lightwing were solid in the centre of defence and limited the opponent to speculative long-range efforts for the whole game.

Harry Purves and Sam Pike dominated the middle of the park and looked to spray the ball to the wide players.

The second goal came after a long headed clearance by Tom Shrimpton was picked up by Clarkson on the halfway line. He beat the last two defenders with ease before sliding the ball under the keeper.

With five minutes to go to half-time, a good run by Taylor Humble after a headed clearance by Stokoe found Pike unmarked 25 yards out from goal and a sweetly struck half volley looped over the keeper into the roof of the net.

The whistle blew and the 3-0 scoreline did not reflect the possession and territory stats of the game.

Four minutes after the break and normal service was resumed, some excellent inter-play by the industrious Chester Adamski and skilful Will Cork-Dove set Adamski away behind the defensive line.

As he was closed down his superb cross found the header of Jordan Sneap and he made no mistake at the back post.

Scholes pulled a goal back with a nice header from close range left Charles Brown no chance in goal.

Another good move involving Jack Idle who is on a rich vein of form and Purves found Sneap just inside the box. He showed good upper body strength to shrug off the defender before turning and shooting, his shot thumped into the top corner leaving the keeper no chance.

The next move started from the back, Lightwing and Spencer Hewison linked up well before a pinpoint pass split the defenders and Cork-Dove was away. His low drive slipped under the body of the onrushing keeper.

Fishburn were giving Scholes a master class in football retention and it was always going to be a case of how many the team could score.

As Fishburn tinkered with the set-up of the team, a lack in concentration allowed Scholes to score a long-range effort which again gave Brown no chance.

Purves scored with a delightful chip over the stranded keeper after Shrimpton and Idle worked a good move down the right hand side.

Storr wanted to get in on the act and after a nice pass from Pike, he danced through three challenges before blasting the ball past two players on the goal-line.

Clarkson got his treble after Adamski and Purves’s inter-play had teased the Scholes defence, a clinical pass found him in acres of space to finish brilliantly.

The last goal of the game was all about the skills of Hewison. After being tripped he retained the ball and manoeuvred himself out of a tight space before the impressive Sneap took over and secured his third with a fabulous long-range effort.

Man of the match: Liam Clarkson - for effort, determination, overall link-up play, plus a neat hat-trick.

Scholes Park 2 Fishburn Park 10